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Erdogan: The people of Turkey are behind me!

Excellent cartoon by Susan Dewar, a perfect summary of what's happening Turkey today.

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Erdogan calls on U.S. executives for better ties with Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked several U.S. corporate executives for better ties in a call on Wednesday in which he again criticised the White House's decision to call the 1915 Ottoman massacre of Armenians a genocide.

Erdogan said U.S.-Turkey ties would nonetheless enter a "new era" after his face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden set for June 14, their first since last year's U.S. election.

The video conference call, first reported by Reuters on Monday, included officials from Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, Kellogg, PepsiCo, Cisco, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, according to a video aired on Turkish TV.

Erdogan thanked companies that believed in Turkey and said he expects the United States to be more constructive, adding U.S. tariffs on aluminium and steel remain a problem. He said they could cooperate in Syria and in Libya including in energy.

"I believe we will make Turkey ... a base for production and technology," he told the executives via a translator in televised remarks.

"Biden's statement on the 1915 events has put an added burden on our ties, but I believe the meeting we will hold on June 14 at the NATO summit will be the sign of a new era," he added.

"By simplifying our incentive system, we will ensure investors can take advantage of incentives easier."

Biden and Erdogan have held only one call, on April 23 when Biden said he would call the massacre of Armenians a genocide, a move that drew Turkish condemnation.

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Global News
Erdogan To US: Look at 'Genocide' of Native Americans
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Monday US President Joe Biden to retract his recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide. Turkey’s leader said that Washington’s decision will harm relations between the two NATO members. The US should “look in the mirror” for what Erdogan described as the “genocide of Native Americans.” Infuriated Ankara stressed that Biden’s historic recognition on Saturday has opened a “deep wound” in the already tense relations between the nations. Source: Walla! News
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Kurds Kill Turkish Troops
Two Turkish soldiers were killed Tuesday morning during fighting with the Kurdish militant group, PKK. Source: H Breaking News
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History
Turkey Has Still Not Admitted to Past Crimes
This weekend marked 106 years since the Armenian Genocide. During the Genocide, the Ottoman Empire brutally murdered 1.5 million Armenians simply for being Christians. Source: StandWithUs
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Global News
Biden Tells Erdogan US Will Recognize Armenian Genocide
US President Joe Biden told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Friday that he intends to recognize the 1915 massacres and forced deportations of Armenians as genocide, sources familiar with the conversation said. The two leaders spoke for the first time since Biden has stepped into office on January 20, as relations between the two NATO members have deteriorated in the last few years, after Turkey decided to procure Russian air defense systems -- despite Washington’s objection. Biden and Erdogan agreed to meet at the next NATO summit in June, however, the White House account of the call made no mention of the Armenian issue. Source: Reuters
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Middle East News
Turkey: Italian ambassador summoned back to Italy after he nicknamed Erdogan a "dictator"
Turkey summoned the Italian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry this evening (Thursday) following the remarks of his prime minister, Mario Draghi, the Anolu news agency in Ankara said. Earlier in the day, Draghi called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "dictator" after he "humiliated" Gertrude von der Lane, who serves as president of the European Commission. Source: Walla News! 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱
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Middle East News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attacked French PM Emmanuel Macron over his plan to combat "Islamist Separatism" in France following the recent terror attack in Paris: “What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health therapy". Source and Image: Walla News
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Global News
Turkish President Erdogan said on Friday that his country will resume energy explorations in the Aegean sea, following Greece’s activity in the area. “Greece violated its promise," Erdogan said. Source: Walla! News
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Turkey: Second Police Force The Turkish Parliament has increased the powers of the Bekci (The Turkish "neighbourhood watch"). Operating at night, the Bekci will now be allowed to use firearms on the job. The Bekci was re-established in the aftermath of the 2016 attempted coup. The Turkish opposition fears it will be used as a government militia and a form of 'morality police' such as the one that exists in Iran. The proposal was pushed through the Turkish parliament by Recep Erdogan's Islamist ruling party. Previously these guards carried batons and whistles, while only the police carried guns. The bill allows more than 21,000 members of the neighborhood watch to use firearms, stop vehicles, check IDs and perform physical searches, but they cannot arrest or investigate suspects. Opposition officials say the recruitment process for the Bekci force is confidential, prompting suspicion that recruits will be selected exclusively from those loyal to Erdogan. Source: Walla News
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The Turkish parliament has passed a new law that will enable the release of nearly 90 thousand prisoners from its jails to relieve their overpopulation and protect the prisoners from the spread of the virus. Half of the prisoners will be temporarily released under supervision, while the other half will be released permanently. Turkish opposition parties and human rights activists have criticized the new law due to the fact that prisoners convicted under terrorist charges, including politicians and journalists arrested in the failed coup attempt of 2016, will not be among those released. More than 120 journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey as well as thousands of political prisoners. The exact number is unknown. Source: Walla News
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. Erdogan confirmed that there was indeed a mutual agreement with the Russian president regarding the fighting in northern Idlib province, which will take effect at midnight. Source: H Breaking News
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During a speech in Malaysia, Turkish President Erdogan criticized Trump's peace plan: "Turkey unequivocally rejects this initiative, which allegedly includes a two-state solution, when it is actually an attempt to legitimize the Israeli occupation, sponsored by the US government. Source: H Breaking News
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to take immediate steps to improve the coordination of political operations in Syria - an official statement from the Kremlin said. Putin and Erdogan spoke on the telephone by Erdogan and stressed the need to follow the agreements between Russia and Turkey when it comes to what happened in Idlib. Credit: HML Breaking News
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Libyan National Army forces under the command of General Khalif Heftar continue to attack Tripoli, and the ceasefire cannot be expected to continue. "It is impossible to expect pity and understanding from such a person (General Huffter) regarding a ceasefire," Erdogan said. Turkey on the side supporting the Tripoli government, headed by Prime Minister Faiz a-Siraj. Last week, the foreign powers backing Libya's opponents called for the escalation of hostilities, during the International Summit held in Berlin. Credit: Hamal News
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that Turkey will begin sending military troops to Libya, in order to support the western Tripoli government, which is recognized by the international community, against the eastern Libyan forces, led by General Khalifa Haftar. Erdogan’s statement comes just days before a Berlin conference meant to end the violent conflict in the area. Source: Hamal Image by: Walla News
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish military units have begun moving to Libya to support a government that is based in Tripoli, recognized by the international community. This is after the Ankara Parliament approved a law that allows troops to be sent to the North African state to protect the country's interests in the region and the Mediterranean, and to "help achieve peace and stability" in the country. "There will be an operations center, there will be a Lieutenant Turkish general to lead and they will manage the situation from there. (Turkish soldiers) are starting to move there now," Erdogan told CNN's Turkish-language interview. Last month, Prime Minister Faiz a-Siraj's government sought the help of Turkey to repel the attack of General Sufi Huffar, based in the east of the country. It is supported by Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Credit: Walla News
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